Category Archives: Thoughts

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A Reflection on the Last Three Candidates I Interviewed

The last few people I interviewed left impressions on me, and none of them were positive. The team has been struggling to fill a senior analyst role, and the candidates so far have been less than stellar. Is it that difficult to find a solid

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A Right Way and A Wrong Way to Intern

The beginning of the summer season is indicative of beautiful weather, endless outdoor activities, and the start of the company’s internship program. For two months, college students enter the corporate workforce for the first time not only to gain valuable experience to pad their resumes

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Your Manager May Be Wrong

When your manager gives specific instructions on how to complete a certain task, what do you do?  You do as told. However, have you ever stopped to consider that your manager may be wrong? I get a feeling that most people are conditioned to do

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From Worker Bee to High Potential Employee

Each employee is different in regards to intellect, motivation, work ethic, and career aspiration. It comes to no surprise that some employees outperform others. There are the worker bees, who come in every day to do the same job to earn a paycheck. Then there

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Be Selfish About Your Career

The weekday grind for us office-types is rather straight-forward. We wake up, get ready, go to work, go home, and go to sleep. Sometimes (or all the time), we wake up thinking, “I don’t want to go to work today,” or “I hate my job,”

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Write A Better Resume Professional Summary

I’ve been conducting interviews for over two months, and it has been a great experience for me as an interviewer. I discovered that while the candidates looked great on paper, many of them were not in person. Keep in mind, the candidates interviewed are not

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I Inadvertently Replaced My Coworker With Software

A couple of years ago, I managed a project to replace an aging and much-loathed application at work. There were two application administrators, my coworker and myself. I wasn’t too familiar with the system and was learning how to use it on the job. My

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Thoughts On Wearing Many Hats

Growing up and working in a family restaurant taught me a few things. First, child labor laws don’t apply. When my parents knew I was strong enough to carry plastic bins full of dirty dishes, they put me to work. Second, weekends were spent at

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Asking To Connect Via LinkedIn During The Interview

Last week, I interviewed a candidate for a VP position. The conversations about the position went well. That was until he caught me off guard by asking to connect through LinkedIn. It was the wrong place and time to ask. Not wanting to seem like a jerk,

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Job Hopping May Be Hurting Your Career

I recently interviewed a candidate to fill a management position. The HR department emailed his resume to me several days earlier, so I had a fair amount of time to review it in advance.I immediately noticed the number of  employers listed on the resume. He